Just as we discussed in the last post, “the complete tree removal guide for homeowners”, removing a tree whether big or small is best left in the hands of tree removal professionals as it minimizes the risk of possible injuries and elevates your home curb appeal.
To an untrained eye, tree removal might seem like an easy job of cutting down trees and tree branches. Just get the right tools, know how to cut down things, and —presto!– suddenly, the whole job is done. In truth, tree removal is anything but magic. There is a lot that goes into cutting down a tree, such as determining the tree trunk integrity, branch entanglement, weight distribution, ground obstacles, hydro/utility proximity, underground utilities, and many other things you need to consider before cutting down a tree. This can be a dangerous task to handle by yourself or by an inexperienced person, therefore you need the help of a properly trained and equipped professional to get the job done smoothly.
Hiring a tree removal company can be a daunting task as there are over 185,322 tree care service companies in the US, however, you don’t need to be an expert to hire one; you just need to know the right questions to ask and what answers to expect when hiring someone to cut down your trees. Here are the top 10 questions you need to ask before hiring a tree removal company, to ensure you find a proficient tree company that follows the best practices and can deliver the results you’re seeking.
#1. What Credentials Do You Have?
The tree care industry has two notable organizations, TCIA (Tree Care Industry Association) and ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) that offers educational programs such as ISA Certified Arborists and Tree Risk Assessment Qualified to tree care professionals to ensure tree experts employs the best arboricultural practices and are specially trained to provide proper tree care. Hiring a tree removal company with proper credentials is a step in the right direction to getting a reputable company for your project.
#2. Are You Licensed and Insured?
Working with a properly licensed and insured contractor is a must if you want to protect yourself and your property. Tree removal can be dangerous and can result in property damage or possible injuries. It is vital that any company you want to hire have liability and workers’ compensation insurance. This insurance coverage protects you and ensures you’re not liable if one of the tree workers gets injured or if the tree removal company causes damage to your property while removing the trees.
#3. Do I Need a Permit?
Whether you are planning on removing a heritage tree, street tree, or a tree on your property, it is important to know if you will require a permit or approval from the homeowner’s association or relevant authorities in your city/neighborhood before carrying out your project. Failing to meet these requirements can result in a steep fine and can cause discord in your neighborhood. The tree care professional you’re about to hire should be aware of the local rules and help to determine if your job will require a permit.
#4. What Kind of Equipment Will You Use?
Having the right equipment helps tree removal companies to carry out their work effectively. With a wide variety of equipment at their disposal, a reliable tree removal company in every scenario will utilize specialized tools that will get the job done in a more quicker and secure way without damaging your landscaping.
#5. How Many Experiences Do You Have?
Tree removal can be complicated most times, especially when the tree you want to remove is close to your property or power line. You have to ask how they will handle the job to avoid any damage to your property or possible injuries. Asking how much experience your tree removal professional have will enable you to know they have been around and know what they are doing. An experienced tree removal company can also help to save a dying tree instead of having it removed.
#6. Can I Get a Detailed Estimate?
A reputable tree removal company should be able to offer a no-obligation, free estimate. Ensure you get a detailed quotation so as to know what to expect and what you’re paying for. Getting different estimates from tree removal companies is important as it will help you avoid unexpected charges and overpaying to have your trees removed.
#7. Can I See Some Past Customers Testimonials & Reviews?
This is one of the most important questions you need to ask before hiring a tree removal company. Past customers testimonials and reviews will give you a perfect idea of what to expect when you work with the company you’re considering. You can easily find a companies testimonials and reviews on various platforms such as their Websites, Facebook pages, Google, Yelp, Angie’s List, e.t.c. If you’re not sure about the company’s reputation, you can ask them to provide you with a list of references, as a reliable company will be happy to share that with you.
#8. How Long Will The Job Take?
Timing is crucial. Based on the complexity of the project, a professional tree removal company should be able to give you a timeframe to get the job done. Asking this question will help you to determine if the company understands your projects, the complexity, and whether they have the necessary capacity to handle them.
#9. What is Your Clean-Up Process?
When embarking on a tree removal project, a large chunk of debris will clutter around your property and it’s important to know whose responsibility it will be to remove all debris from your property. Most reputable tree removal companies will take the responsibility of effectively clearing all the debris on your property while some other companies will charge separately for it.
#10. Is Stump Grinding Included?
In the case where stump grinding/removal is not included in the estimate you received, it is important to ask the tree removal company if stump grinding is included as some companies do price their stump grinding services different from the tree removal while others might add it up together.
Trees can help to increase your home value, but sometimes cutting down a tree is necessary for safety reasons as well as reducing the risk of disease or damage to the surrounding trees. Finding the best tree removal company to help cut down your trees is crucial as it helps to avoid unnecessary mistakes, minimize the risk of damage to your lawn and property, deliver the results you’re seeking, and keep you satisfied.
By asking these questions stated above and evaluating the answers, you’ll be able to weed out fly-by-night tree care providers and find a reliable tree removal company with extensive training, skills, and equipment to handle any tree removal project.
If you have a dead tree hanging over your roof or you need emergency tree removal services, contact us and we will respond to your needs quickly with upfront pricing with no hidden fees.